Coast Guard medevacs man 50-miles off San Francisco coast

PACIFIC OCEAN - A crew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco hoist an injured man from the MSC Maria Elena, a 1,100-foot Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel, Thursday, May 12, 2011. The injured man was medically evacuated to Air Station San Francisco where he was transferred to paramedics. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A crew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco hoist an injured man from the MSC Maria Elena.

SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. Coast Guard rescue crew from Air Station San Francisco hoisted an injured man from a cargo vessel 50-miles off the coast of San Francisco today.

The crewmember, a mariner from Indonesia, suffered injuries to his hand and was transferred to awaiting EMS at Air Station San Francisco.

The cargo vessel MSC Maria Elena, a 1,100-foot Panamanian-flagged ship, was approximately 500-miles offshore when it reported to the Coast Guard that a crewmember was injured and requested a medical evacuation. The vessel began transiting toward San Francisco, and the Coast Guard helicopter crew conducted the hoist this afternoon, approximately 50-miles offshore.

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